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Micro Book Tutorial by Maylar Micro Book Tutorial by Maylar
So, you waited long…and now finally, it’s here. For all those who asked for it, my micro book tutorial :)
After a DD for “Matryoshka Books” [link], there was so many questions about how to do it and so many requests for tutorial, that I found it impossible to refuse.
So here it is.
Hope you’ll find it helpful…it’s my first tut ever, so there might be flaws. Please, do ask if anything is unclear or not explained.
This is not the completely same method I used for “Matryoshka Books”…there, I was bound to use completely “classic” methods, as I wanted to challenge myself with it.
Here's a bit altered method I use most of the times. For example, my “Maylar Notebook” is made this way (also, most of the micro books in my gallery, too).
All classic methods are bit harder to do when it comes to micro books…and demand more materials and some more practice, so I felt this one (an bit easier one) would better suit most people, for those who just start binding or just want a little book for themselves, to write or draw on. For the same reason, I used paper for binding. Cheaper for trying and easier to do. Still, if you want to use fabric, use it the same way like paper is used here, there’s no difference in method.
I can say without hesitation, this binding method is equally professional, so when finished, your book will be usable, durable and beautiful as same as if you would do it classic way.
This binding method is closest to “ perfect binding” method (basically, it is “ perfect binding” method, altered here and there and combined with hard covers). For those confused, “ perfect binding” is the method most of your soft cover books are bound by.
This book is 2.5mm x 2mm big, for purposes of this tutorial. You can alter the size to fit your needs; the method will be the same. But I will remind you, this is micro book tutorial…this method fits fine for everything smaller than a regular notebook.
Anyway, that’s about it…as I say, ask about everything unclear, I will answer.
Please pardon possible grammar & spelling mistakes.
Good luck…
P.S. Copyright issues
This tutorial is free to use. You don’t need to link me or anything if using this tutorial. It’s there for free usage.
But this tutorial is not completely free to share. By this I mean: don’t copy or share this tut under someone else’s (yours) name, don’t remove my sig and copyright from it and please, instead of pasting it or submitting it on some other place, better give people link to here. This tutorial is under free copyright, for much that is worth.
But, again, the usage of it is free as possible. If you want, you can note or comment with a link to your micro books, I would love to see ^^ But that’s just a wish, not obligation.
Basically, I have just one big request… please, have fun. It’s no worth doing this things if you don’t ;)

Update:
Lately, I get a lot of questions about selling these books...just to note you people, if you wanna sell one or two to your friends or someone who like them, I really don't mind, so go for it...but, unless you contact me first and we come to some agreement, no mass sales, ok? I have legally protected this idea few years ago (when I was more serious about mass production myself)...and even for some time I'm not interested in mass production, but only unique pieces, the protection still stands, so abusing it is a no-no, unless you wanna face law.
Again, if you wanna sell few, I really, really don't mind and feel free to do it...if you wanna start selling them seriously (like, over ten pieces) online (like Etsy or similar) or offline (in shops, fairs and so on...), just note me, I'm sure we can find some agreement to suit us both :)
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:iconzardi:
Zardi Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015
Thanks for the great tutorial! I hope my version will come out as neat and perfect as yours :D
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BlackKissBjd Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014  Hobbyist
I WILL NOW MAKE SEVERAL BOOKS FOR MY DOLLS
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:iconylaran:
Ylaran Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014
Oh, this looks like a great tutorial.  One I will definitely want to try.
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:iconimpybutt:
Impybutt Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Student Filmographer
I'm going to try it! I hope to fill several micro books with my favourite artworks, then build a tiny dollhouse bookshelf to display them.
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Naruttebayo67 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:clap:
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:iconkazaret:
kazaret Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Chatroom friendly Ming emote hehehe still don't lmow what to do :D
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:icondegasclover:
DegasClover Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
This is awesome, than you so much for doing this tutorial!
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:iconincraftystitches:
InCraftyStitches Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Student General Artist
Very cute! I make my mini books in a similar way, but I mostly use mine for ornaments- a lot of them from come from paint swatches. Great tutorial, bookbinding is an enjoyable addiction! :)
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electricknite Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I used to make mini books for mine and my sisters barbies.
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:iconthestarofluck:
TheStarOfLuck Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Student Artist
This is just too cute <3 <3
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SupernovaSword Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Professional Photographer
Oh i never would have thought haha that's clever
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:iconrwolf1970:
rwolf1970 Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Nice, been thinking about making some of these
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sarahsmiles916 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013
That is so cute! I wish I fund this before I past in my box project, I could have filled it with mini-books to represent research and dedication! Ooooh well- Still awesome!
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RYDEEN-05-2 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you for sharing this secret!!!!!!!
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Zuckerwattebaum Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
Awesome tutorial!!! :squee:
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:iconormspryde:
Ormspryde Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for posting this! I've made a few (normal-sized, since I've got big meaty hands) books myself, but I never really bound them properly. Now I know!
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:iconmortiscia:
Mortiscia Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So cute! :D
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:iconliv1419:
Liv1419 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
this is awesome and relatively easy too. soo cute. great tutorial
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:iconlulu-fukurou:
LuLu-Fukurou Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012
May I become your fan? Can I? *A*
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:iconlady-lumiya:
Lady-Lumiya Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist
woow so cute!!! Thank you for this great tutorial, my sister LOVES tiny books now i can make her some ^______^
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FimoTasticFigurines Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
This is amazing! I'm definately going to try this sometime. They're so adorable and very well detailed. I love all things miniature. Great job!
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ILoveBeads Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012
I always wondered how such tiny books were produced. Thanks for the tutorial!
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:iconspiderpsalms:
SpiderPsalms Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Very helpful! Thank you!
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zenturtle651692 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Student General Artist
Goodness, you are the master of awesome tiny books. I am always amazed when I come across your work. Thank you so much for the tutorial, maybe I'll try to make one this summer!
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Stella-sama Featured By Owner May 7, 2012
thank you so much *-*
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:iconphantommagic:
phantommagic Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012
Awesome! I'm going to try to make my own some time. :D
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:iconkosenwing:
KosenWing Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, wow! Thank you so much for making this, it looks so fun to try! >w< And you really explained it well!~
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Black-Feather Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much for making this tutorial. I'm wanting to do some books for one of my dolls--and this is wonderful!
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nikolass83gianni Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:toocool: ... :star: :star: :star: :star: :star: AWESOME & BIG THANKS :star: :star: :star: :star: :star: ... :iconplusfav: : ... :iconthumbsupplz:
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:iconmaylar:
Maylar Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
Haha, you welcome! ^^
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CandyForYourSkull Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i always wanted to know how to make these Thanks so much!!! i love it!!!!!
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:iconmaylar:
Maylar Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
Glad if this is of help! :D
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:iconredcarnations:
RedCarnations Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Student Digital Artist
cute, i'll have to try sometime! ^^
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:iconmaylar:
Maylar Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
I hope you do try! :)
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:iconchikco:
Chikco Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012
acctually this idea was made plenty times in our country
my grand father makes things like this when he was young
have lots in the old cabinet
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:iconmaylar:
Maylar Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
Sorry I'm so late...and yes, it is an old idea, very old. I think there's miniature books from centuries back. That's why I love it, actually.
But, wow, your grandfather sounds cool :) If you ever decide to put his books on the internet, do let me know, I always enjoy seeing those ^^
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Chikco Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012
but ours has gold plating cuz he used to be an artist
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:iconchikco:
Chikco Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012
and gold was very abundant that time i feel soo stupid saying this feel soo embarrassed :C
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:iconchikco:
Chikco Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012
haha XD gold plating hehe artist XD
bye thanks for the reply
feel free to block that comment soo nobody sees that :P
this comment (but ours has gold plating cuz he used to be an artist)
shit sound like a child :D bye man thanks for the tutorial
really appreciate people giving tutorial and sharing there knowledge
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Llama-Lloon Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks! These are adorably. I made one c: I'll give you the link if I ever upload it c:
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:iconmaylar:
Maylar Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
I'm glad you made it (and sorry for late response)...hope you will continue ^^
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:iconmiradox:
Miradox Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011  Student General Artist
it's so cute! :iconilavplz:
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:iconmaylar:
Maylar Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
I'm late, but glad you like it :D
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:iconmiradox:
Miradox Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011  Student General Artist
just finished making a practice one :D
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Icarusburns Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011
I remember seeing one of your micro books a couple years ago when you were the deviant of the day; I decided to make my sister a minibook for Christmas and, before I could finish it, I made a tiny book for myself too. You can check it out here: [link]

I've gone with a different method (saddle stitching with staples), mainly because I was out of good glue, but I like a lot of what you have to say here. I think my next one is going to have hand stitched signatures, but I'll let you know if I get around to perfect binding, or I may link to a tutorial on stitching sigs at some point.

You do great work, btw.
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:iconmaylar:
Maylar Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
I'm awfully late with response, but thanks for the link, that book looks great :D And I like the idea of saddle stitching with staples ^^

Thank you for liking my work :D
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GemDeDude Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011   Artisan Crafter
I evolved a bit! :lol: Thank you so much! [link]
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:iconmaylar:
Maylar Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Professional General Artist
"...a bit" isn't the right word :) It looks great :)
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GemDeDude Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011   Artisan Crafter
:woohoo: Thank youuuuuuu! :love:
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picklypickles Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I made this using your tutorial-->[link]

no worries, not planning to sell them. XD
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